Saul J. Adelman, PhD

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Title: Professor Emeritus, Astronomy Educator, Researcher
Company: The Citadel
Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Saul J. Adelman, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the Citadel, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in astronomy.

Dr. Adelman’s interest in astronomy began as a child when he would take both early-morning bird watching trips and late-night stargazing excursions with his father. After an order from his mother to choose one activity, for the sake of his sleep schedule, Dr. Adelman chose to stick with stargazing. Diving into his newfound hobby, Dr. Adelman and his father joined an amateur astronomy group in their local Washington D.C. area, which piqued his interest in the science even more so. Dr. Adelman went on to graduate from the University of Maryland in College Park in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in physics and continued his education by earning a PhD in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1972. His renowned thesis was, “A Study of Twenty-One Sharp-lined Non-Variable Cool Peculiar A Stars,” which derived their elemental abundances from spectra in the photographic region mainly taken at the 100-inch telescope of Mt. Wilson Observatory.

An exemplary astronomer and educator, Dr. Adelman has served the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina from 1978 to 2019, rising from an assistant professor to associate professor and professor. From 1984 to 1986, he used his expertise as a senior research associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He commenced his career as a postdoctoral research associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 1972, and by 1974, he was an assistant professor in the astronomy department at Boston University. In addition to his official responsibilities, Dr. Adelman has been a guest observer and visiting astronomer to the Dominion Astrophysics Observatory in Canada and Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, as well as a guest investigator to the International Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite, FUSE Satellite, and Hubble Space Telescope. In his creative sphere, he was an associate producer of the television show, “The Perfect Stargazer” in 1990.

In his illustrious career, Dr. Adelman served as president of the International Astronomical Union Commission B6 Astronomical Photometry and Polarimetry from 2015 to 2018, and as vice president of the International Astronomical Union Commission 25 Astronomical Photometry and Polarimetry from 2012 to 2015. He presently holds membership with the International Astronomical Union, American Astronomical Society, Astronomical Society Pacific, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Pi Sigma. To add to his success, Dr. Adelman was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution in 2011. Looking ahead in his career, Dr. Adelman plans to focus on his complimentary research project with friends in Canada. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Adelman can also be found in the 48th through 53rd editions of Who’s Who in America, the fifth and sixth editions of Who’s Who in American Education, the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the 22nd and 23rd editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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